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33 Classic Australian Food With Recipes

Last updated on April 5th, 2022 at 02:29 am

Australian dish - Crash Hot Potatoes
Australian dish: Crash Hot Potatoes, served with roasted mushrooms and greens.

What is Considered Classic Australian Food?

Classic Australian food, apart from the homegrown kangaroo there must be others. Some are cliched, some are obvious, some may surprise. But Australia cuisine and its culinary history can lay claim to these Australian food items.

Some of the Australian food recipes in this article are the same food that the Aborigines of Australia have used for 50,000 to 60,000 years or more.

You will also find Australian recipes that were left from the original colonists from Britain along with the ones from the prison ships. You will also notice both Asian and Mediterranean flavors from the colonists from those areas.

The Aborigines were always hunters and gathers and lived with that mentality alone, never having much in the way of a cultivation attitude. They were always on the move and this did not fit into their nomadic lifestyle.

They used the food that was available to them naturally like native plants, snake, crocodile, kangaroo, and smaller insects and grubs.

The arrival of the English brought about large scale changes with the introduction of cereal grains like wheat as well as cattle and sheep. While they became the staple food of the colonists the Aborigines continued their nomadic lifestyle and diet.

After World War II other ethnic foods and spices from Asia began to creep into their foods making it much tastier than the original recipes from England. Today you will find a varied group of food choices and we have tried to supply you with some of all of it with this group of recipes.

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What is Australia Famous For?

Australia is globally famous for “The Bush” and “The Outback”, its natural wonders, wide-open spaces, beaches, and deserts. Australia is well known for its attractive mega cities such as Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Perth.

What Are Some Australian Eating Habits?

Australians mostly eat three meals a day:
— Breakfast – eaten in the morning is either light and cold, as in cereal, toast, and coffee, or heavy and hot as in bacon, eggs, sausages, and fried tomato.
— Lunch – usually around 12 to 2pm is most commonly a light meal such as a salad or sandwich.
— Dinner – the larger meal of the day is eaten in the evening.

Australians love to eat outdoors. While meat is a core part of the Australian diet due to Australia’s strong agricultural economy, more and more vegetarian eating habits are becoming commonplace.

Lamingtons - Australian Recipes
Lamingtons: An Australian cake made from squares of butter cake or sponge cake coated in an outer layer of chocolate sauce and rolled in desiccated coconut.

What is the Most Popular Traditional Australian Foods

Trying the local cuisine is a big part of any international holiday vacation. Whether you’re new to Australia, or you just want to expand your own culinary horizons, Australia has plenty of unique food options to suit all tastes. Note: Do not be put-off by the names.

Barbecued snags for example are just barbecued sausages. Aussies love to grill, and nothing is more important to a good ‘barbie’ than a great sausage. Traditional Australian sausages are usually pork or beef, but if you’re feeling adventurous, there are other animals to sample.

No matter what your tastes, there are plenty of ways to enjoy Australian cuisine even in your country.

Our 20 Favorite Aussie Recipes

1. Aussie Meat Pie – Australian Food

Australian Meat Pie - Australian Food

It’s Aussie Rule Footy finals and both John and Rob enjoy watching the games. If you’ve never watched Aussie Rules football you’ll be in for a shock. In American football, they rest while they huddle and between each play. Aussie Rules doesn’t stop. Ever. They run from beginning whistle to the end or a least that’s how it seems.
During footy matches, there are traditional foods. Like baseball and hotdogs, Australian footy gives us Aussie recipes for meat pies and sausage rolls and both are served with tomato sauce (ketchup). It’s a trick to eat a meat pie with one hand but most every Australian can do it without spilling one drop of gravy.

2. Baked Barramundi with Spicy Dressing – Australian Cuisine

Baked Barramundi with Spicy Dressing - Australian Cuisine

This Oven Baked Barramundi with Spicy Dressing dish is without a doubt a classic representation of authentic and traditional Australian food. Succulent and so flavorful, it will melt in your mouth with an explosion of textures and flavors on the palate and one of my favorite Aussie recipes.

3. Anzac Biscuits – Australian Dessert

Anzac Biscuits - Australian Food

It’s a day to remember all those fallen soldiers in war. A memorial day. There is a tradition here to bake and eat “Anzac Biscuits.” They are delicious. I thought you may look into it online and also find a recipe and share this day with your fans.
This was a new one for me, and I got inspired. I found a traditional Anzac Biscuit recipe from the Australian Department of Veteran’s Affairs. After a quick search for treacle (aka golden syrup) at my local gourmet market, I was able to whip up a batch in half an hour.

4. Australian Christmas Fairy Bread – Australian Desserts

Australian Christmas Fairy Bread - Australian Cuisine

Most Australians grew up with this beloved sugary snack which, like the best things in life, was reserved for birthday parties and special occasions like Christmas. And while there’s no such thing as a White Christmas in Australia, with Fairy Bread there’s rainbow snow!
Maybe it’s those memories of ‘100’s & 1000’s’ scattered among the shreds of wrapping paper on Christmas Morning. Or maybe it’s the sugar rush. To this day I’m still not sure if the frenzy was more for the presents or the Aussie recipes for Fairy Bread and candy canes.

5. Aussie Burger With the “Lot” – Australian Dishes

Australian Burger With the Lot - Australian Food

Turns out, Australians really like their burger toppings. Now, we love a good loaded burger. Blue cheese, bacon, avocado, mushrooms, grilled onions. Give us the works!
But, when we saw the list of toppings for this traditional Australian food with the works (also known as “the lot”). We stopped dead in our tracks. Be prepared for something different with this Aussie traditional burger.
Lettuce, tomato, and cheddar cheese. It sounds like a good standard so far. Onions, bacon, and a chili mayo sauce. Bring it on. Grilled pineapple. Sure, why not? A runny fried egg. We’ve seen it done before. We’re still on board. Pickled beets…. Sorry. You lost us.

6. Australian Damper Bread – Australian Cuisine

Australian Damper Bread - Australian Cuisine

Damper bread is an Australian bush bread traditionally cooked in the hot embers of a campfire. Check out the full damper bread recipes to make this Australian food at home.

7. Aussie Steak Sandwich – Australian Food

Australian Steak Sandwich - Australian Food

Food doesn’t get much more Australian than a steak sandwich with pineapple, beetroot, lettuce, and smoky barbecue sauce.
In Australia, a steak sandwich is made much like a traditional Australian Hamburger with a piece of grilled steak or fried minute steak, fried onions, lettuce, tomato, tinned beetroot, and barbecue sauce or tomato sauce (tomato ketchup). After Cheese, all Aussie recipes must have a fried egg, fried bacon or grilled pineapple to be truly Aussie.

8. Bush Tomato (akudjura) Scones – Australian Recipes

Bush Tomato Scones - Australian Cuisine

This scone Aussie recipe favorite option makes for a perfect savory afternoon snack. Bush tomato is a small native berry, when dried it has a caramel-like flavor and slightly tangy acidity. A truly great Australian food.

9. Traditional Australian Pie Floater – Classic Australian Food

Traditional Australian Pie Floater - Australian Food

Australia and England have a strong connection with traditional national dishes. So, on my very first trip to London I was keen to get in and around some of those classic British dishes to see the similarities, and perhaps learn some new recipe variations to try back home.
On a cold dreary London day, I found a charming little pub near the Natural History Museum to stop in to have a lazy lunch. I was after some comfort food, so I couldn’t think of anything more comforting than a meat pie served with mushy peas and gravy.

10. Australian Sausage Rolls – Australian Dishes

Australian Sausage Rolls - Australian Cuisine

First of all, quality, fresh sausage is the key to making delicious Australian Sausage Rolls. The unique blend of signature seasonings found in Jimmy Dean Premium Pork Sausage makes it the perfect sausage for the addition of this Aussie recipe to the list. It has the best flavor! It is the only sausage I use in this recipe. For an extra kick, I sometimes use the Jimmy Dean Premium Pork Hot Sausage.

11. Australian Rissole – Australian Food

Australian Rissole - Australian Food

Rissoles in Australia are just a part of growing up. A treasured Australian food. These are not the pastry covered rissoles in Europe, they’re probably more like Turkish kofte or meatballs in America.
They can be eaten as an appetizer served with tomato sauce (ketchup) but they’re most commonly eaten as a main meal served with mashed potato and vegetables. They’re also often covered in gravy but I like them just as much without gravy. You should always make more than you can eat, as they’re ridiculously good on sandwiches the next day. A rissole, cheese, tomato sauce sandwich is to die for!

12. Aussie Beef Tenderloin with Dairy-Free Horseradish Sauce – Australian Cuisine

Australian Beef Tenderloin with Dairy-Free Horseradish Sauce - Australian Cuisine

Aussie beef Tenderloin is something that we traditionally have every Christmas, and I absolutely love this Australian food. I am not usually the one in charge of cooking it, but this year I am! It can be intimidating to cook a large, expensive cut of meat, which is why I usually let someone else handle the preparation. I decided this year that I needed to master an easy, fool-proof method for cooking it, and now I feel confident that it will turn out perfectly on Christmas! If you’ve ever been scared to cook a beef tenderloin – fear not. I got you!

13. BEST Traditional Mincemeat – Australian Recipes

BEST Traditional Mincemeat - Australian Food

Whatever Happened to Traditional Mincemeat?
And I say lost, not because it’s been erased completely, rather because mincemeat has changed so much, some of its most important elements having been left out, that it just barely resembles its original ancestor. Of the many traditional British dishes that have undergone some form of alteration over the years, mincemeat has probably changed the most. That is largely due to the common omission of mincemeat’s two key ingredients: Meat (traditionally beef or lamb) and suet. Try this traditional Aussie recipes mincemeat.

14. Aussie Easy Meatloaf – Classic Australian Food

Australian Easy Meatloaf - Australian Cuisine

My family loved this meatloaf! I used hot Italian sausage and Italian breadcrumbs; also, I made the sauce with red wine. The leftovers were eaten before going to bed. It’s a winner. A classic Australian food.

15. Traditional Beef Casserole – Australian Dishes

Traditional Beef Casserole - Australian Food

Aussie Beef casserole is filling, tasty, and a staple in just about every household. But you can give your own traditional beef casserole recipe a refresh by adding the right blend of garlic, onion, and vegetables to enhance the flavor for your next dinner.

16. Churrasco with Three Sauces – Australian Food

Churrasco with Three Sauces - Australian Cuisine

Also known as pul biber, this ground spice is made of dried Turkish chilies that pack a fruity, smoky taste but aren’t too spicy. The seeds are removed before grinding, so the pepper won’t overpower your cooking with too much heat. Once you’ve tried it, it will become your go-to chili powder. Substitute crushed red chili flakes if you don’t have any Aleppo pepper.

17. Char-Grilled Kangaroo and Vegetables – Australian Cuisine

Char-Grilled Kangaroo and Vegetables - Australian Food

Bush Tucker style Char Grilled Kangaroo and Vegetables. Let me tell you, this char-grilled sumptuous dish is as authentically an Australian food as well as Aboriginal. How can you have a good collection of Aussie recipes without Kangaroo?

18. Traditional Aussie Barbecue – Australian Recipes

Traditional Australian Barbecue - Australian Cuisine

Australian BBQ is a huge tradition in our culture, we love them. We look forward to our weekend breaks and the great Aussie ‘barbie’ is such a part of our leisure time.
We invite friends and family to our homes or we go to theirs and we share some chops, steaks or sausages over a beer, wine or champagne every chance we get. This way of eating for us dates back to early white settlement as our weather definitely lends itself to outside eating. Our indigenous people have always cooked their food outside and that method has evolved to what it is today.

19. Australian Pepperberry Cured Tasmanian Steelhead – Classic Australian Food

Australian Pepperberry Cured Tasmanian Steelhead - Australian Food

Pepperberry Cured Tasmanian Steelhead is a delightful Australian food. Steelhead is from the Pacific Salmon family of Trout. They are especially tasty, and chefs worldwide will attest to their superior texture and flavor. Another great thing about this recipe is, it is simple to make. The curing takes some time, so you have to wait, but the small effort it takes pays off big time in the end at the dinner or lunch table. Aussie recipes for steelhead are almost all the same but the Pepperberry makes a big difference.

20. Aussie Beer Can Chicken – Australian Dishes

Australian Beer Can Chicken - Australian Cuisine

The next entry for Australian food is Beer can chicken. It is moist and so easy to make at home. You can make it in a conventional oven or in a barbeque. Add herbs and spices or keep it simple and let the flavors of the chicken shine through. You can’t make a trip to Australia without a taste of this chicken.

21. Green Chicken Curry Pie – Australian Food

Green Chicken Curry Pie - Australian Food

Australians love Thai food. This hearty family pie is full of spicy Asian flavors and healthy vegetables. They also love pies (a lot).
Put a Thai chicken green curry inside a pie casing and you get the Australian variant of a green curry.

22. Char-Grilled Lime and Garlic Balmain Bug – Australian Cuisine

Char-Grilled Lime and Garlic Balmain Bug - Australian Cuisine

A species of slipper lobster that lives in the shallow waters around Australia, the flattened small-scale fish has no claws and only its tail contains edible meat. But like a lobster, it’s worth the slippery fingers and dining dedication.

23. Double Cheese and Bacon Roll – Australian Recipes

Double Cheese and Bacon Roll - Australian Food

Not one for the health enthusiasts, but a favorite among those suffering from the effects of the night before. The cheese and bacon roll is, quite simply, a bread rolled topped in bacon chunks and cheese. A popular Australian food lunchbox filler and an Australian national food.

24. Chewy Tim Tam Brownies – Australian Desserts

Chewy Tim Tam Brownies - Australian Cuisine

The much-loved chocolate biscuit is made up of two layers of chocolate-malted biscuit, separated by a light chocolate filling and coated in melted chocolate.

25. Vanilla Slice – Classic Australian Food

Vanilla Slice - Australian Food

Australians claim ownership of the vanilla-custard-filled, multi-layered pastry that’s dusted with icing sugar. The slice can come with many flavoring options. Cream it up.

26. Vegemite on Toast – Australian Dishes

Vegemite on Toast - Australian Cuisine

Vegemite is an Australian icon, enjoyed on toast by most Aussie’s for breakfast. Vegemite a dark brown Australian food paste made from leftover brewers’ yeast extract with various vegetable and spice additives.
For the ultimate Toast and Veggie experience you want to start with toast that’s nice and hot and straight from the toaster.
For those new to Vegemite it is best not to spread it thick like jam or peanut butter, it is far better to sample it (like a fine wine!) first with a light smearing of Vegemite.

27. Crocodile (2 Recipes for 1) – Australian Food

Crocodile - Australian Food

Although crocodile meat is consumed by locals — though it’s definitely more of a delicacy and not a widespread Australian food.
1) The simple way to try crocodile meat is definitely steak. We recommend trying crocodile’s texture and its flavor first!
2) Crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. Deep fried crocodile is one of the popular recipes. It’s definitely an addictive meal once you try it!

28. Pea and Ham Soup – Australian Cuisine

Pea and Ham Soup - Australian Cuisine

The perfect hearty winter meal that arguably has British origins, pea and ham soup is a simple offering that has been served up in farmhouse kitchens for decades. This is traditional pea and ham soup at its best.
Add sliced frankfurters or smoked sausage to make it even more hearty.

29. Salt and Pepper Calamari/Squid – Australian Dishes

Salt and Pepper Calamari - Australian Food

Quick and easy to make: the squid or calamari is covered in salt-and-pepper batter, then deep-fried. This pub staple is often served as a snack with a side salad and dipped in sweet chili sauce.

30. Aussie Chiko-Style Rolls – Australian Recipes

Aussie Chiko-Style Rolls - Australian Cuisine

This Australian food icon was inspired by Chinese spring rolls. The deep-fried snack contains beef (despite its name, there’s no chicken), celery, cabbage, barley, carrot, onion, green beans and spices in a battered tube. Probably some offal, too.

31. Aussie Leg of Lamb – Classic Australian Food

Aussie Leg of Lamb - Australian Food

It’s the garlic, rosemary and olive oil that make this piece of meat delicious and tender. It’s then served with enough baked potatoes to end any family feud.
Though its origins may be beyond Australian borders, Australians will proudly say only they know how to put on a good one.

32. Australian Dagwood Dogs – Australian Dishes

Australian Dagwood Dogs - Australian Cuisine

They say the show must go on, but it just can’t without a dagwood dog. For many, when you say dagwood dog you think of the Sydney Royal Easter Show, because this frankfurter on a stick that is battered and deep-fried is found at most carnivals.

33. Weet-Bix Squares – Australian Dessert

Weet-Bix Slice - Australian Food

This high-fiber breakfast biscuit made from whole-grain wheat has been an Australian food favorite since 1930. It’s smaller, sweeter and more brick-like than the Weetabix that’s found in other countries.
Great for lunch boxes or visitors! It’s an easy recipe that even the kids can help with.

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